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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

17-2171 Petroleum Engineers

Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,620 4.2 % $75.37 $156,780 2.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $38.11 $51.45 $66.21 $92.99 (5)
Annual Wage (2) $79,270 $107,020 $137,720 $193,430 (5)


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 10,820 7.65 $74.69 $155,350
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,160 0.25 $90.77 $188,810
Support Activities for Mining 4,790 1.37 $67.09 $139,550
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 2,540 0.17 $71.15 $147,990
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,430 2.16 $68.89 $143,300

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 10,820 7.65 $74.69 $155,350
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 270 2.30 $69.70 $144,980
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 2,430 2.16 $68.89 $143,300
Other Pipeline Transportation 150 1.83 $54.70 $113,780
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 460 1.54 $59.72 $124,220

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Employment Services 90 (7) $103.25 $214,750
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities (5221 And 5223 only) 40 (7) $95.41 $198,460
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 80 0.01 $93.31 $194,090
Management of Companies and Enterprises 6,160 0.25 $90.77 $188,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 1,180 0.17 $88.52 $184,130


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 18,720 1.51 6.78 $83.12 $172,890
California 2,440 0.14 0.63 $68.71 $142,910
Oklahoma 1,910 1.18 5.31 $68.82 $143,140
Colorado 1,340 0.50 2.26 $74.14 $154,210
Louisiana 1,330 0.69 3.12 $63.46 $132,000




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 790 2.50 11.25 $72.18 $150,120
Wyoming 530 1.96 8.81 $54.15 $112,640
Texas 18,720 1.51 6.78 $83.12 $172,890
Oklahoma 1,910 1.18 5.31 $68.82 $143,140
Louisiana 1,330 0.69 3.12 $63.46 $132,000




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Indiana (8) (8) (8) $95.27 $198,170
New Jersey 270 0.07 0.30 $88.25 $183,550
Texas 18,720 1.51 6.78 $83.12 $172,890
Colorado 1,340 0.50 2.26 $74.14 $154,210
Alaska 790 2.50 11.25 $72.18 $150,120





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,210 3.35 15.06 $88.07 $183,190
Midland, TX 2,030 18.28 82.29 $62.03 $129,020
Bakersfield, CA 1,040 3.28 14.75 $72.37 $150,540
Oklahoma City, OK 1,000 1.60 7.19 $71.72 $149,190
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 930 0.62 2.78 $77.38 $160,940
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 860 0.83 3.75 (8) (8)
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 830 1.50 6.74 $65.47 $136,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 740 0.12 0.54 $64.28 $133,710
Pittsburgh, PA 510 0.44 1.98 $54.50 $113,360
Anchorage, AK 480 2.74 12.35 $72.62 $151,040




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Midland, TX 2,030 18.28 82.29 $62.03 $129,020
Casper, WY 180 4.50 20.28 $58.81 $122,320
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,210 3.35 15.06 $88.07 $183,190
Bakersfield, CA 1,040 3.28 14.75 $72.37 $150,540
Anchorage, AK 480 2.74 12.35 $72.62 $151,040
Odessa, TX 210 2.52 11.36 $64.61 $134,390
Greeley, CO 180 1.66 7.49 $54.85 $114,080
Victoria, TX 60 1.64 7.40 $60.05 $124,910
Oklahoma City, OK 1,000 1.60 7.19 $71.72 $149,190
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 830 1.50 6.74 $65.47 $136,180




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI (8) (8) (8) $92.01 $191,370
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,210 3.35 15.06 $88.07 $183,190
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.54 2.44 $86.17 $179,240
Wichita Falls, TX 70 1.19 5.35 $79.19 $164,720
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 930 0.62 2.78 $77.38 $160,940
Austin-Round Rock, TX 450 0.42 1.88 $72.63 $151,060
Anchorage, AK 480 2.74 12.35 $72.62 $151,040
Bakersfield, CA 1,040 3.28 14.75 $72.37 $150,540
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 0.15 0.67 $72.03 $149,820
Oklahoma City, OK 1,000 1.60 7.19 $71.72 $149,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 920 4.56 20.55 (8) (8)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 320 1.15 5.17 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 2.79 12.54 $72.12 $150,010
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 300 1.81 8.14 $51.05 $106,180
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.80 8.11 (8) (8)

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 920 4.56 20.55 (8) (8)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 2.79 12.54 $72.12 $150,010
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 250 2.55 11.47 $52.33 $108,860
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 300 1.81 8.14 $51.05 $106,180
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 270 1.80 8.11 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 2.79 12.54 $72.12 $150,010
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 190 1.28 5.77 $68.09 $141,630
Central Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.94 $62.25 $129,490
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.66 7.49 $61.11 $127,110
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.70 3.17 $60.31 $125,440


About May 2019 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020